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Worcestershire Business Conference

Registration opens for the Spring Business Worcestershire Conference

Registration for the next Business Worcestershire Conference, organised by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Growth Hub, is now open.

The conference will be focusing on Marketing and Sales on Wednesday 15 March 2023 at Sixways Stadium Worcester 8:00am – 1:00pm.

Through thought-provoking discussions and talks, attendees will hear the latest thinking from expert speakers, on digital marketing, branding, relationship management and data driven decision marketing.

There will also be networking opportunities and time for attendees to learn about the support available to businesses throughout the county. This event is open to all businesses across the county from Start-ups to SMEs to large-scale corporations.

Spaces are limited. To ensure you don’t miss out on your chance to attend, book your free place now.

Redditch town centre

Take part in the Redditch library consultation

Visit the Redditch Borough Council website and see the exciting proposals for a new town centre plaza and community hub as part of plans to improve Redditch town centre. The Government has made over £4m in 'Towns Fund' money available to support these proposals, which require various decisions from both Redditch Borough Council and Worcestershire County Council to be able to proceed.  Have your say via the public consultation open until February 2023.

Take part in the Redditch library consultation

team working

Pitch your business idea

Following on from the success of the QuickPitch22 event, the Enterprising Worcestershire team and the University of Worcester have announced they are hosting an even bigger pitching event on Tuesday 28 March at the Worcester Arena. Pre-start businesses and those trading for up to 12 months will get the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a small judging panel of local business experts and in front of a supportive entrepreneurial community.

Not sure if this is for its for you? Check out this highlight video from the last event. To submit your application, all you need to do is fill out this simple form and press submit. Applications will close at 11 pm on Friday 24 February.

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Have you submitted your entry for the Enterprising Worcestershire Awards?

The Enterprising Worcestershire awards are a celebration of the extraordinary talent in the region that has been supported by the Enterprising Worcestershire Project since July 2020.  The awards showcase the fantastic businesses that have started-up and are beginning to grow and thrive in Worcestershire after accessing the benefits of the support offered through Worcestershire County Council's Enterprising Worcestershire programme. 

There is a range of award categories designed to highlight the success of your business. If you have accessed support through the Enterprising Worcestershire programme since July 2020 you are welcome to apply.  The deadline for entries will close at 5pm on Friday 10 February 2023. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 27 April 2023.

Find out more and enter the awards at the website.

Regenerating Kidderminster

Regeneration work continues in Kidderminster town centre

Site work is progressing well on Worcester Street, Kidderminster to prepare for the regeneration of this area of town.

Locally based Industry specialists DSM are appointed by NWedR on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council to carry out the work in empty shops which is expected to be complete in Spring 2023.

For more information on the regeneration of Kidderminster, visit our website.

Green energy

Last chance for funding to support green innovative projects

Worcestershire SMEs are being urged to apply for grant funding and fully funded assessments to support low carbon projects across Worcestershire.

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LOCOP) supports businesses in the Clean Technology Innovation sector or those who want to diversify into this area through the development of low carbon technologies.

Examples of Low Carbon Innovation projects LOCOP supports could include the development of a low carbon product or service; commercialisation or implementation costs; market research and assessment; prototyping, demonstration or testing of new products; and Manufacturing scale up or market rollout.

Funding covers up to 40% of total project costs up to a maximum of £30,0000. Applications are due to close on Tuesday 31 January.  Interested businesses can find out more  LOCOP - Innovation - Worcestershire Growth Hub

have your say

Calling employers in Worcestershire - we need you!

Help the Chamber to develop the Worcestershire Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP). The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce has been appointed as the designated Employer Representative Body (ERB) for Worcestershire. The role of the Chamber is to lead the development and subsequent reviews of an LSIP for a specified geographical area working with employers, providers, and local stakeholders. The objective is to facilitate conversations between employers and educators to identify local employers’ skills needs which will help drive future post-16 technical education and training provisions. View our business engagement plan here. How can you help? We’re hosting a series of sector specific events. Discussions around the LSIP project will take place and employers will have the opportunity to share their skills needs and the priority changes required in the local area to help ensure post-16 technical education. You can also have your say by completing the questionnaire at this link.

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Businesses to be given UK product marking flexibility

The UK Government has announced that businesses will be given an additional two years to apply the new product safety marking.

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking has been introduced as part of the UK’s own regulatory framework. It shows that products comply with our product safety regulations which are designed to protect consumers.

The government will continue to recognise the Conformitè Europëenne (CE) marking for two years, allowing businesses until 31 December 2024 to prepare for the UKCA marking. Businesses can also use the UKCA marking, giving them flexibility to choose which marking to apply.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is running a series of webinars to help businesses understand the process of adopting the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) safety markings.

Read more about this and sign up to attend webinars

low carbon

Tap into the Sustainability Hub from GBSLEP

Are you a small business who wants to understand your carbon footprint? Would you like to see where you can strategically invest in your business to be more sustainable? Do you want to explore how you can innovate to tap into new low carbon commercial opportunities?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, or simply want to see what is on offer from the GBSLEP Sustainability Hub, visit the Hub and see the support programmes on offer.

Any SME registered for business within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP can receive 1-to-1 advice from a Growth Hub Adviser. Any business with between 11 and 249 employees registered for business within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP geography can access our Clean Growth support programmes.

Find out more

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Digital Trade Conference – Tuesday 7 February 2023

Digital Trade presents a huge opportunity to businesses in an everchanging economic landscape. According to a recent board of trade report, the digital sector contributed approximately £151 billion to the British economy with technology  presenting a real opportunity to supercharge UK exports, an area worth £636 billion to the UK economy in 2021, £45.6 billion of that coming from the Midlands.

As technology adapts, so must UK businesses and trade processes as things become even more digitalised and efficient. Digital Trade is key factor to many Free Trade Agreement's that are currently being negotiated.

This conference is designed to support you with your international trade goals providing you with valuable updates and knowledge in all things digital. Register for this free event here


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Staying Connected

The NWedR team delivers support and services to businesses across North Worcestershire. Email us on Call us on 0845 6015953 or visit our NWedR website to read our news and sign up for our weekly newsletters for North Worcestershire businesses. Connect with your local council on social media Bromsgrove DC Twitter, Facebook, Redditch BC Twitter, Facebook, Wyre Forest DC Twitter, Facebook. NWedR social connections are shown at the top of this newsletter.

For regional Worcestershire business advice, grants and support go to Worcestershire Business Central or The Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP Growth Hub. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, a full range of business support is available to UK businesses and employees.  See the latest updates from Government. The business support helpline is 0300 456 3565 - available Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.